Chronic Pain & Chronic Illness

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CHRONIC PAIN & CHRONIC ILLNESS

Understanding Chronic Pain and Illness

According to the National Institute of Health, chronic illness and autoimmune diseases such as fibromyalgia, endometriosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Chron’s disease, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are rising at an alarming rate. The number of people aged 50 years or older who were dealing with chronic disease in the year 2020 was about 137 million. That number is expected to increase by 61% to 221 million people by the year 2050. Autoimmune diseases are also increasing rapidly among younger populations in the United States. 

There are many theories as to why this is happening. Some believe that autoimmune diseases are rising because the quality of the food we eat in the United States has decreased. Some believe environmental pollutants in our air and water are causing the increase in chronic illness. Others maintain that sedentary lifestyles full of stress and trauma are playing a major role. But most people tend to believe it is a combination of all these factors that has autoimmune diseases on the rise. 

We cannot ignore the role that stress and trauma play in the onset of diseases like endometriosis, Hashimoto’s disease, and fibromyalgia. Studies have shown time after time that the more stress you are exposed to, the more likely you are to be diagnosed with an autoimmune disease or experience chronic pain throughout your adulthood. Our bodies were designed to handle some stress, but not nearly as much as we typically experience on a day-to-day basis. 

Treatment for Mental Health Issues Caused by Chronic Pain and Illness

At SYTI Counseling, we understand how frustrating and disheartening it can be to experience the symptoms that come with autoimmune diseases, such as fatigue, inflammation, and pain. It can be defeating to have to fight so hard for your health on a daily basis. We know that we cannot directly treat your chronic pain or autoimmune disease. At the same time, we know that healing from chronic illness is nearly impossible without working on your stress management and your trauma. Whether you’re experiencing fibromyalgia, endometriosis, IBS, or any other type of disease, we know how important it is to learn how to better manage your stress, heal from your trauma, and regulate your nervous system. We use a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Somatic therapy to help support you as you manage the difficult emotions that can come with dealing with chronic illness and autoimmune diseases. 

Scheduling and More Information

If you are seeking support in managing stress and trauma related to chronic pain and chronic illness, please click here to book a therapy appointment with a See You Through It Counseling therapist.

To learn more about the treatment services See You Through It Counseling provides, check out our treatment specialties.

To learn more about the connection between chronic illness and mental health, see the resource below:  

The Mental Health Effects of Chronic Pain (verywellmind.com)

To learn more about the rise of chronic disease in the United States, visit:

Projecting the chronic disease burden among the adult population in the United States using a multi-state population model – PMC (nih.gov)